TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Country music fans and their tourist dollars are moving to another spot for Country Stampede this summer.
Manhattans biggest country music festival of the year is being moved to Topeka this year because of flooding concerns near the Tuttle Creek lake park area.
Kicker Country Stampede announces move to Heartland Park in Topeka due to flooding
Organizers made the announcement Friday morning – but the actual grounds where stages will set up and where people will camp will be officially decided early next week.
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The decision to change locations had to be made now to allow time for a move -i n time for the big three day show.
Wayne Rouse, the president of Country Stampede said, “It takes time to move everything, if we waited much longer we wouldnt have been able to make the move.”
“All the stages, all the entertainers, the vendors, camping, everything that was purchased for camping. If you had electrical, therell be electrical,” Rouse said.
The City of Manhattan estimates the stampede – and its huge throng of fans – generates an estimated $8 million for the local economy.
“Its got a great potential, our city has great potential … Events like these come up to heartland park I think its good for all of us,” said Khush Patel, the owner of the Super 8 near the airport.
“Not just my property but every hotel in Topeka would be generating revenue … Good in terms of hotel occupancy as well as the city tax revenue the city will generate.”
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TPD and Shawnee Co. law enforcement will meet Monday to discuss how theyll keep people safe at country stampede – and whether or not theyll call in nearby agencies to help.
MANHATTAN, Kan.— Due to severe flooding and uncertainty of the safety of event grounds, Country Stampede officials have announced an alternative location for the 2019 music festival, according to a media release on the festival web site.
The festival set for June 20-22 will be held at the Heartland Motorsports Park located at 7530 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, Kansas.
Safety is our main concern. The severe weather prompted us to partner with the good folks over at Heartland Motorsports in Topeka, just 45 minutes away to insure all of our concert goers will be out of harms way.
Widespread flooding across nearly half the state of Kansas caused the original festival location of Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhatten to close for an unknown amount of time.
We are maintaining the integrity of what we currently have in place to our new location, says Wayne Rouse, president of Country Stampede. For any other questions, email [email protected] or call 800-795-8091.